Rich has a 25+ year history working in and with startup companies, and finds nothing more satisfying than helping a great entrepreneur leverage experience and advice that is strategically helpful to them.
Prior to joining Canaan, Rich was an operating executive for over 20 years. He was Chairman & CEO of LoopNet.com, the leading online marketplace for the Commercial Real Estate industry. Rich led LoopNet through a successful IPO in 2006 and an eventual sale to CoStar Group in 2012 for over $900M. Prior to being named CEO, he was VP of Engineering and Products.
Rich has a deep background in engineering and product management, and was SVP of Products & Technology at Risk Management Solutions, the leading provider of catastrophe risk models to the financial services industry.
Rich was also an active angel investor, advisor and Board member, as well as Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures. He has invested in and/or worked with companies such as MetaMind (acquired by Salesforce), Blue River Technology, RoofStock, VTS, Cylance, Kaggle, Cape Analytics, Beepi, YourMechanic, FundBox, Pillow, Super, Pixlee, Hipmunk and SterlingBackcheck (acquired by Goldman Sachs).
Rich has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.- - George Bernard Shaw
When not working I can usually be found with my family (often traveling) or else on or around a basketball court or engaged in any number of active outdoor activities; from riding motorcycles to backpacking to snowboarding to surfing.